Lookin' Through the Windows

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Lookin' Through the Windows
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released May 23, 1972
Recorded February 1970 (track 3); October 1971 – April 1972
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul
Length 33:04
Label Motown
M 750L
Producer The Corporation & Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 chronology
Greatest Hits
Lookin' Through the Windows
Singles from Lookin' Through the Windows
  1. "Little Bitty Pretty One"
    Released: April 4, 1972[1]
  2. "Lookin' Through the Windows"
    Released: June 23, 1972[2]
  3. "Doctor My Eyes"
    Released: February 2, 1973[3] (UK only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Lookin' Through the Windows is the seventh studio album by The Jackson 5, released on the Motown label in May 1972. The album would go on to sell 3.5 million copies worldwide.[5]


At this point, the group members, including thirteen-year-old lead singer Michael Jackson, were growing up, and no longer felt comfortable singing the same bubblegum pop records that had made them teen idols.[citation needed] Lookin' Through the Windows marks the beginning of lead singer Michael's vocal change, from the boy soprano who fronted the Jackson 5's early hits, to the tenor who would later become a successful solo artist. Though he could still reach his famed high notes, his voice was filling out, allowing him to also reach lower registers.

The sessions for this album also marked the beginning of the bad vibes between the Jacksons and Motown, as they found it difficult to deal with both the maturing Michael, who had an independent mind of how he wanted to sound, and his father Joe Jackson, who managed the Jackson 5 and became dissatisfied with Motown's handling of the group.[citation needed]

Most of the album tracks were recorded in late 1971 intended to be on an album for their hit single at the time "Sugar Daddy". Lookin' Through the Windows was the second-to-last Jackson 5 album to include any songs written by The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, and Fonce Mizell). The album spawned two hit singles "Little Bitty Pretty One" and "Lookin' Through The Windows". The album peaked at number 8 on Billboard 200 album chart. In Europe the album cut "Doctor My Eyes" was a top ten hit.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) (recorded October 1971–January 1972)
  2. Lookin' Through the Windows (Clifton Davis) (recorded December 1971–January 1972)
  3. "Don't Let Your Baby Catch You" (The Corporation) (recorded February 1970, recorded during ABC Recording Sessions)
  4. "To Know" (The Corporation) (recorded March–April 1972)
  5. "Doctor My Eyes" (originally performed by Jackson Browne) (Jackson Browne) (recorded December 1971)
  6. "Little Bitty Pretty One" (originally performed by Thurston Harris) (Robert Byrd) (recorded October 1971)
  7. "E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Moe (The Choice is Yours to Pull)" (Johnny Bristol, Wade Bowen, D. Jones) (recorded October 1971–April 1972)
  8. "If I Have to Move a Mountain" (The Corporation) (recorded December 1971–January 1972)
  9. "Don't Want to See Tomorrow" (Stephen Bowden, Jim Chambers, Hal Davis, Theodore McFaddin) (recorded January–April 1972)
  10. "Children of the Light" (Michael Randall) (recorded October 1971–January 1972)
  11. "I Can Only Give You Love" (Richard Hutch, Willie Hutch) (recorded October 12, 1971)


In 2001, Motown Records remastered all J5 albums in a "Two Classic Albums/One CD" series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Goin' Back to Indiana. The bonus tracks were "Love Song", the B-side of this album's title track single, and a live performance of "Who's Lovin' You", which first appeared on the soundtrack of the 1992 TV movie The Jacksons: An American Dream.


  1. ^ Soulsation! (1995), liner notes
  2. ^ Soulsation! (1995), liner notes
  3. ^ [1] 45cat.com
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1700763
  5. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 100. American Press.

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